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"The great sea has sent me adrift;
it moves me
like a reed in a great river.
Earth and the great weather move me,
have carried me away,
and fill my inward parts with joy." - Uvavnuk, an Iglulik Eskimo woman shaman

"Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again." - CG Jung

Embodying Nature Facilitator Training

September 11-17, 2017 Sea Ranch, CA

Embodying Nature is a somatic-expressive practice developed by Jamie McHugh for expanding and deepening our relationship with the natural world through the preverbal languages of our body's expression. This experiential, hands-on process is simple, inclusive and easy to understand and has been taught to various groups worldwide over the past 30 years.

The facilitator’s course is designed to accommodate the needs and intentions of the participants. The embodying nature protocol combines a conceptual map to guide the exploration with specific tools and activities to immediately engage people in the sensorial experience of their surroundings.

In this residential week, we build a coherent plan of study together progressing from simple to complex targeted activities and open explorations. We also explore and analyze advanced practices, and then adapt them to satisfy a variety of constituencies.

Participants collaborate with one another to discover their own unique application of the model with the possibility of ongoing contact and online support once they return to their respective environments.

The application of the model is as diverse as the individuals who facilitate it; Embodying Nature has been used as a foundation for performance, creative writing, environmental education and ecopsychology.

Prerequisite: Embodying Nature retreat with Jamie McHugh

Certification as an Embodying Nature guide is available with ongoing study and online supervision. Contact Jamie McHugh for more information

Tuition: $700 if registered by July 15; $800 after (if still available)

Course begins at 11 AM on September 11 and ends at 1 PM on September 17

Housing & Food: $450 (Meals will be a group collaboration, with each person contributing to preparation)

To reserve your place, complete the application form here and send it with a non-refundable $200 deposit to: Jamie McHugh, PO Box 367, Gualala, CA 95445

The balance of fees is due on August 15, 2017. Payment plans available.